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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Brilliant Short Film - Astronomical Art - "Black Rain"

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Black Rain from Semiconductor on Vimeo.


Info on Black Rain, with added links and media:
"Working with STEREO scientists, Semiconductor collected all the HI (Heliospheric Imager) [heliosphere] image data to date, revealing the journey of the satellites from their initial orientation, to their current tracing of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun.



In Black Rain,
Solar wind, CME's, [Coronal Mass Ejections]passing planets and comets orbiting the sun can be seen as background stars and the milky way pass by.


As in Semiconductors previous work 'Brilliant Noise' [don't have your volume too high] which looked into the sun, they work with raw scientific satellite data which has not yet been cleaned and processed for public consumption. By embracing the artefacts, calibration and phenomena of the capturing process we are reminded of the presence of the human observer who endeavors to extend our perceptions and knowledge through technological innovation."


About Semiconductor: (from their website)
"Semiconductor is artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image works they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it, questioning our place in the physical universe. Their unique approach has won them many awards and prestigious fellowships such as the Gulbenkian Galapagos, Smithsonian Artists Research and the NASA Space Sciences. Their work is part of several international public collections and has been exhibited globally including Venice Bienniale, The Royal Academy, Hirshhorn Museum, BBC, ICA and the Exploratorium."


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